A Big Shiny New Year

I just realized to my shame that I have been MIA for ages.  Well, since October.  Life has been hella stressful, and I just get lost in all the shit I have to do.  But I promise to be better about it (you've heard that before).  But let me catch you up on what's happening...

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Third Time's the Charm

I've written two lengthy, entertaining posts and then somehow lost them in the bowels of my computer.  Not that my computer has bowels, mind you.  But somewhere between trying to add a picture and messing with saving drafts I've lost the details of me struggling with the hardest book I've ever written, only to emerge triumphant, not to mention a discussion of craziness and food and the secrets to the universe, now gone forever.

But I figure I'll try once more and if it screws up I'll beat my head against the wall (but it's too gorgeous in Northern Vermont to do that).  However, I won't mess with photos or save drafts or anything like that -- I don't trust this program.

First, I have to tell you the THE DEMON COUNT and THE DEMON COUNT'S DAUGHTER are on sale this month at Amazon for only $1.99  I wrote them together, back to back, and tried to sell them as one book, but Dell split them apart into two and they worked very well that way.  THE DEMON COUNT is better known -- there's a faux vampire wandering around Venice, back when there weren't many vampires, faux or otherwise, around.  It's steamy and sexy and suspenseful. THE DEMON COUNT'S DAUGHTER is much lighter, with a brooding hero, of course, but comic supporting characters like Tonetti, the gigolo cum gondolier. http://tinyurl.com/p9oar4r

And of course, the best book I've written (has to be in my top five) came out at the end of May.  CONSUMED BY FIRE has sex, violence, and surprising humor (according to RT the humor is surprising -- I aways thought I was pretty funny in a dark way).  It's getting lovely reviews (except from the prudes) and frankly, I don't get much better than this.  So I'm feeling very clever and talented and happy.  http://tinyurl.com/nqmqnqc

I've turned DRIVEN BY FIRE in and so far my editor loves it!  So now I'm hunkering down with Brandon and Emma (finally!) to give them their happy ever after.  Plus it's theater time again, and this year we're doing KISS ME KATE, which will be a blast.  So I've got a busy summer ahead of me, full of wonderful things to do.  Now if I could just stop eating Reduced Fat Wheat Thins!

So it Goes

I've been writing like mad ... well, maybe that's an overstatement.  But I've gotten at least 1500 words done each day, and the book has taken shape.  Right now my hero has just climbed into bed with my heroine,w which is problematic since earlier in the day he hurt her to get information out of her and she's understandably furious and a little frightened.  I'm not quite sure what's going to happen next, but it's bound to be interesting.

I tend to make these things up as I go along.  Oh, I have a general idea of where things are going -- it's like planning a trip.  I know the destination and the stops along the way, but I'm not sure how I'll get there.  It's much more interesting that way, even if it's a bit harder.

I was stuck on this book for a long time, mainly due to the physical problems I was having. I have a frozen shoulder and I couldn't type for almost four months (or barely) so I was dictating and writing long hand and having long waits in between.  So it took a while for the book to come together.  Now that it's taking off (and typing isn't so painful) I'm loving it, but I have that due date looming over my shoulder.

I went down to visit Jenny Crusie, my BFF, and I was hoping that together we'd brainstorm the end of the book and I could just write my assignment for each day.  It seemed like such a lovely, simple way to write a book.  Alas, the book started coming on its own, and I'm back to my wicked old ways of flying into the mist as Jo Beverley calls it. I'm like a trapeze artist -- I swing and leap and hope something's there to catch me.

It always has been, so I have faith.  But in the meantime life is getting in the way (my mother BFF was hit by a car a couple of days ago and I'm desperate to go and see her but she already has a hoard (horde?) of family gathering round and they don't need somebody else.  So I sent the family cupcakes to cheer them and I'll go out when she starts her recovery, which will probably be long and tedious.  That's when she can use me.

In the meantime, I'd better finish the damned book.  Because Emma and Brandon are waiting in the wings now, ready to step on stage, and there's a gothic set in Spain that I'm dying to write, and an art forger in the 1930s, and an RAF pilot and the wife of a conscientious objector during WWII, and another FIRE book, and all sorts of goodies just waiting to pop out.